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Calvary Baptist CB ‘Greedy’ Williams commits to LSU

By Scott Rabalais

LSU is getting Greedy with the highly regarded defensive back recruits for 2016.

The Tigers, hosting a number of top prospects this weekend for their Bayou Picnic event, picked up a commitment from Shreveport Calvary Baptist cornerback Andraez “Greedy” Williams Saturday, according to a tweet from the prospect.

Greedy

LSU now has 10 commitments for 2016, seven from Louisiana. Williams (6-foot-2, 166 pounds) is ranked No. 133 nationally by Scout and No. 148 nationally by 24/7 Sports, with four stars from both.

Williams also has four stars from ESPN but isn’t nationally ranked. He has three stars from Rivals.

Williams joins five star cornerback Savion Smith and safeties Cameron Lewis and Clifford Chattman as defensive back commitments in the Tigers’ class.

Les Miles’ son, Manny, commits to play football at North Carolina

Manny Miles, the former U-High quarterback and the son of LSU coach Les Miles, has committed to play football at North Carolina.

It’s unclear if Miles will play baseball, too.

Manny Miles is heading to North Carolina. (April Buffington)

Manny Miles is heading to North Carolina. (April Buffington)

Manny, a two-sport athlete at U-High, had discussed the possibility of walking on at LSU for football and baseball, but he’s decided to leave Baton Rouge for a spot with the Tarheels.

Manny’s Twitter account on Friday was flooded with retweets of friends and teammates tweeting him congratulations for the decision.

Manny, a three star rated pro-style quarterback and a pitcher in baseball, was first team all-district in football and led the Cubs to the Division II selection state championship.

Manny completed 126 of 179 passes for 1,952 yards and 23 touchdowns last year.

Tarp pulled, LSU-Lehigh set to resume at 5:25

 

 

 

 

 

 

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UPDATE: The tarp was pulled at 4:32 p.m. and play is set to resume at Alex Box Stadium at 5:25 p.m. after a rain and lightning delay of more than two hours.

The game will be shown on the SEC Network Alternate channel.

LSU and Lehigh got a half inning in before sunny skies gave way to a deluge that soaked the Alex Box Stadium infield and left the LSU grounds crew scrambling to corral a brand new tarp in time.

Lightning was detected at 3:36 p.m., starting a mandatory 30-minute clock. The game can only start after no lightning is detected within that 30-minute window. Every time a strike is detected, the clock starts over.

LSU starter Alden Cartwright breezed through the first inning, getting the top of the Mountain Hawk lineup in order, freezing Mike Garzillo with a fastball that painted the outside corner to end the frame.

Just three minutes later, the rain began.

 

In the daylight: Auburn-LSU set for 2:30 p.m. kickoff on CBS

Les Miles just completed his 11th spring practice at LSU. (Bill Feig)

Les Miles just completed his 11th spring practice at LSU. (Bill Feig)

LSU’s Southeastern Conference home opener against Auburn on Sept. 19 will be played under the sun, and the Tigers home conference finale against Texas A&M is headed for a Saturday kickoff.

LSU and Auburn will kick off at 2:30 p.m. on CBS, the network announced on Thursday. It will be the first day game in Tiger Stadium since November of 2013.

All of LSU’s 12 regular season games last season were played at night – a first in school history.

Also revealed Thursday: Missouri and Arkansas will play on the Friday after Thanksgiving in the CBS slot most predicted LSU and Texas A&M would land. The Tigers and the Aggies will likely now play on Saturday.

That game time is scheduled to be announced Friday, LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said. Alleva has made it clear to networks that LSU will not play the Aggies on Thanksgiving, leaving only the Saturday option.

CBS’ doubleheaders this season fall on LSU’s game at Alabama and against Arkansas. The Tigers and Tide’s game has been picked for CBS’ primetime doubleheader slot for the last four years.

Here is the full list of TV announcements from CBS:

CBS

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Not necessarily, especially with baseball. If you’re a junior and you have a solid-to-excellent season, you run the risk of dropping in production as a senior. That would lower your draft stock.

Juniors have more bargaining power, too. They can threaten to return to school if a requested dollar figure isn’t met.

These are probably all reasons in which coach Paul Mainieri expects his four juniors to leave – Alex Bregman, Andrew Stevenson, Mark Laird and Chris Chinea.

Below is a great shot from Advocate photographer Hilary Scheinuk of the play. According to Mainieri, a catcher can block the plate with the ball. The key is he must have possession of the ball while blocking the plate, as the runner slides into home.

While the below photo shows that Scivicque was out, it doesn’t show what happened just before the play – he may have touched home plate before his foot stepped on the catcher’s foot.

The rules are exactly the same, actually. The ball must be  inflated to the pressure of 12-1/2 to 13-1/2 pounds per square inch and weigh 14 to 15 ounce, according to this report.

It’s pretty obvious that Malachi Dupre leads the pack of LSU receivers. Dupre led several receiver drills during spring practice, always at the front of the line. He seems to be moving into a leadership role for the Tigers.

He looks the part. He’s packed on more than 10 pounds during the off-season, filling out a tall, lanky frame with some muscle.

Les Miles on his quarterbacks: Would like to see one separate himself from the other during the summer

 

Les Miles just completed his 11th spring practice at LSU. (Bill Feig)

Les Miles just completed his 11th spring practice at LSU. (Bill Feig)

LSU’s quarterbacks haven’t separated themselves in the race for the starting job, and coach Les Miles hopes it happens at some point during summer workouts.

That’s the latest from Miles on the hotly-competitive QB battle between the two. Here’s Miles’ answer to several questions about the QB competition.

Q: Are you doing anything different with the quarterbacks during summer workouts?

Miles: It is a player-driven summer. I think it’s best that you have two veteran guys of summer around here that will lead that. They’re looking to have a great summer that way. I think you’re finding that both quarterbacks are looking for individual work – and receivers – at their own times and own direction throwing balls.

We’ll have a number of our seven-on-seven events featuring our offense versus our defense. Again player-driven. I think our summer is everything we can ask it to be.

I think both guys will be improve and the summer will be another time they’ll show ‘I understand the offense more.’ Another time where they can re-affirm their abilities.

LSU QBs will go at it Saturday. (Travis Spradling)

Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris. (Travis Spradling)

Q: How tight are those guys coming out of the spring and how competitive will it be in fall camp? And can you see a deal where you play both?

Miles: I would like to have a starter, would like to have the guy. I could also see a time where you have the necessity to play them both.

I would like to see those guys going into fall camp one separate themselves from the other and be a clear cut decision. If that does not happen – can’t make it happen – we’ll end up playing that guy who we feel like is the best for our team.

Q: How close are they right now?

Miles: I think there’s a real closeness. One guy hasn’t separated himself from the other and both guys are playing much better.

Q: Would the decision to pick a starter be which QB could accept the backup position better?

Miles: I don’t see it that way. I think I see it that it’s the ability to play that guy. In other words, whoever starts the first game, he’s going to have to realize, certainly, there’s another guy. It really depends how summer goes. If that guy separates himself, he’s proven by a great summer of work that he’s ready to be the quarterback, that’s what happens.

In the same vein, if that’s not what happens, I think the idea that we have a guy that’s going to compete with him – whoever the starter would be – come right in and step in maybe in the second series. I think there’s an advantage to that as well. We’re just … we’re in the deciding process of who’s the best quarterback for our team.

LSU moves football game with Georgia Southern from 2017 to 2019

(Travis Spradling)

(Travis Spradling)

LSU is in search for a non-conference opponent for the 2017 season after moving a scheduled game against Georgia Southern from ’17 to 2019, said associate athletic director Verge Ausberry.

LSU is likely to fill the spot with a Football Championship Subdivision team. The Tigers’  yearly scheduling philosophy for their four non-conference opponents is one major conference team, two mid-major teams and an FCS opponent.

LSU plays Syracuse, Troy and BYU in Houston in 2017. Aside from Georgia Southern, the Tigers only have  one none-conference game scheduled for 2019: at Texas.

Georgia Southern replaced LSU with Auburn, according to this release from the school. Georgia Southern and LSU agreed to play the game in July 2010, according to the contract obtained by The Advocate.

LSU’s future schedules:

2015

Non-conference

  • at Syracuse
  • Eastern Michigan
  • McNeese State
  • Western Kentucky

SEC in-division

  • vs. Arkansas
  • vs. Auburn
  • vs. Texas A&M
  • at Alabama
  • at Ole Miss
  • at Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  •  at South Carolina
  • vs. Florida

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2016

Non-conference

  • vs. Wisconsin (at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wis.)
  • vs. Southern Miss
  • vs. Jacksonville State
  • vs. South Alabama

SEC in-division

  • at Arkansas
  • at Auburn
  • at Texas A&M
  • vs. Alabama
  • vs. Ole Miss
  • vs. Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  • vs. Missouri
  • at Florida

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2017

Non-conference

  • vs. Syracuse
  • vs. Troy
  • vs. BYU (at Houston)
  • ?

SEC in-division

  • vs. Arkansas
  • vs. Auburn
  • vs. Texas A&M
  • at Alabama
  • at Ole Miss
  • at Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  • at Tennessee
  • vs. Florida

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2018

Non-conference

  • vs. Miami (at Arlington)

SEC in-division

  • at Arkansas
  • at Auburn
  • at Texas A&M
  • vs. Alabama
  • vs. Ole Miss
  •  vs. Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  • vs. Georgia
  •  at Florida

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2019

Non-conference

  • at Texas
  • vs. Georgia Southern

SEC in-division

  • vs. Arkansas
  • vs. Auburn
  • vs. Texas A&M
  • at Alabama
  • at Ole Miss
  • at Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  • at Vanderbilt
  • vs. Florida

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2020

Non-conference

  • vs. Texas

SEC in-division

  • at Arkansas
  • at Auburn
  • at Texas A&M
  • vs. Alabama
  • vs. Ole Miss
  • vs. Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  • vs. South Carolina
  • at Florida

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2021

Non-conference

  • at UCLA

SEC in-division

  • vs. Arkansas
  • vs. Auburn
  • vs. Texas A&M
  • at Alabama
  • at Ole Miss
  • at Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  • at Kentucky
  • vs. Florida

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2022

Non-conference

  • at Arizona State

SEC in-division

  • at Arkansas
  • at Auburn
  • at Texas A&M
  • vs. Alabama
  • vs. Ole Miss
  • vs. Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  • vs. Tennessee
  • at Florida

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2023

Non-conference

  • vs. Arizona State

SEC in-division

  • vs. Arkansas
  • vs. Auburn
  • vs. Texas A&M
  • at Alabama
  • at Ole Miss
  • at Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  • at Missouri
  • vs. Florida

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2024

Non-conference

  • vs. UCLA

SEC in-division

  • at Arkansas
  • at Auburn
  • at Texas A&M
  • vs. Alabama
  • vs. Ole Miss
  • vs. Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  • vs. Vanderbilt
  • at Florida

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2025

Non-conference

  • None scheduled

SEC in-division

  • vs. Arkansas
  • vs. Auburn
  • vs. Texas A&M
  • at Alabama
  • at Ole Miss
  • at Mississippi State

SEC cross-division

  • at Georgia
  • vs. Florida

Les Miles breaks silence on La’el Collins: “This is a guy who deserves to get paid his market value”

An emotional LSU coach Les Miles says former lineman La’el Collins should be placed in the supplemental draft and that Miles has been rebuffed in attempts to contact NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

(Bill Feig)

(Bill Feig)

Miles made the comments in a brief meeting Thursday before Collins signed with the Dallas Cowboys.

The coach broke his silence on the on-going saga with his former All-Southeastern Conference left tackle. He lobbied for the NFL to allow Collins to enter the supplemental draft, meant for players who did not enter the regular draft.

Miles said Collins could have gone as high as the No. 6 pick in the draft.

“What I would like to see is a guy – who’s really performed well for our team and has given us great leadership who has continued to raise his market level heading toward draft day – be given just and fair market value,” Miles said.

“Should he have been put in the supplemental draft, he’d make somewhere between $2-8 million more money,” Miles said.

The LSU coach says he has called Goodell’s office to argue this topic.

“I called him and I was told, ‘It’s damn near impossible for me to get through,'” Miles said.

Players enter the supplemental draft, set for July, because they missed the filing deadline for the main draft or because of academic or disciplinary issues that affect their college eligibility.

“It’s a guy who’s afraid to make a precedent of throwing a guy, who plummets based on a reason, to a supplemental draft,” Miles said referring to the NFL, “but why wouldn’t that be what (the supplemental draft) is for? Explain to me why that’s not perfect for this?”

Miles has spoken to Collins, who is doing “good,” the coach said. Collins requested to be allowed to enter the supplemental draft during the NFL draft last week, but the league denied him access.

Collins was a sure-fire first round NFL draft pick who went undrafted last week in an unprecedented event stemming from the shooting death of a pregnant woman. He was never a suspect in the slaying of 29-year-old Brittney Mills and her son Brenton. He met with Baton Rouge police Monday, and he was ruled out as the father of Brenton after a paternity test.

“Two lives were lost. It’s tragic,” Miles said. “One of the people who knew the mother was put in harm’s way and done so in a manner that did not reflect good judgment and long view of the issue.”

The former Redemptorist standout is now one of the hottest rookie free agents in years. He’s heard from nearly every NFL team and has met with representatives from at least three teams: the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and, now, Dallas Cowboys.

He most recently met with the Cowboys in Dallas.

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Since I only cover LSU football and baseball and it’s baseball season, we plucked athletes from baseball only. Also, we eliminated Elaine because … she’s a woman and there are no females on the baseball team.

  • George: Alden Cartwright. Cartwright has a little bit of everything – goofy, wise-cracking, serious, prone to outbursts. He’s George all right.
  • Jerry: Zac Person. Person, if you don’t know already, is the best Twitter follow on the team. His dry sense of humor is a perfect match for Jerry.
  • Kramer: Parker Bugg. This is a stretch. It’s tough to find a Kramer. Bugg has the height – he’s 6-6 – and he may have the clumsiness (we’re assuming).

Ah, this again. LSU hasn’t worn gray uniforms yet this season, and a few fans are in a huff over it. I have no idea as to the answer of this question, but I’ll try to pull aside a staff member Wednesday night and ask.

This is still an on-going investigation, and I’m not sure he’ll ever be officially “cleared.” He hasn’t been charged so how could he be cleared? He’s not listed as a suspect or a person of interest.

However, I do understand what you’re getting at. Several NFL teams, according to a few reports, are waiting for Collins to be “cleared.” I don’t know when or if this will officially happen. Who knows how long this murder investigation will drag out? It could be years.

You’re speaking of DB Jeremy Cutrer, the junior college player who signed with LSU this past February. Cutrer was supposed to enroll early, but he didn’t qualify. Instead, he’ll enroll in the summer like most of the freshman class. That’s still set to happen – as far as I know. But this is something to keep in eye on.

I don’t believe it costs LSU anything. And keep in mind this: I believe a school can request a fifth year for a player after that player’s fourth year. So, the Tigers could conceivably request a medical/fifth year at a later date if Jake Latz wanted to remain in school for a fifth season, which is unlikely, according to coach Paul Mainieri.

Report: La’el Collins plans to sit out 2015 if not drafted Friday, will enter 2016 draft

La'el Collins won't play in 2015 if he's not drafted on Friday. (BILL FEIG)

La’el Collins won’t play in 2015 if he’s not drafted on Friday. (BILL FEIG)

If former LSU offensive lineman La’el Collins is not drafted Friday, he plans to sit out the 2015 NFL season and re-enter the NFL draft in 2016, his agent told multiple national media outlets on Friday.

Collins, once projected as a top-10 draft pick, did not get selected in Thursday’s first round and may slip out of the draft completely – all part of a free fall that began when news broke Tuesday that police wished to speak with him regarding the shooting death of a pregnant woman.

Baton Rouge police say Collins is not a suspect in the fatal shooting of 29-year-old Brittney Mills last weekend. Collins and police have an interview scheduled after the draft. Police had no other update Friday.

Both ESPN and Pro Football Talk are reporting that Collins will not sign with a team if he’s not drafted in Friday’s second or third rounds, and he won’t sign an undrafted free agent deal. The fourth through seventh rounds are scheduled for Saturday.

Multiple NFL experts and reporters have said that Collins will likely go undrafted – a stunning fall for an All-SEC lineman who was projected as high as the top 10 less than a week ago.

Collins has exhausted his collegiate eligibility, having played four years at LSU – the last two as the Tigers’ star left tackle.